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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-03-02

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-03-02

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This show has been commercially released as "Fillmore West 1969: Complete Recordings"

Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Turn On Your Love Light Doin' That Rag-> Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopment-> Death Don't Have No Mercy, Morning Dew, Alligator-> Drums-> Caution Jam-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Feedback-> And We Bid You Good Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage Multi-track reel master > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN


Multi-track reel master > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN; via Seth Kapln, Darrin Sacks; see info file for relation to previous seeds


Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2015
Subject: Amazing
Weakest of the run?, no, I have to disagree, though there were no "best of" versions for '69 here. Rather the entire show is of the most telepathically beautiful playing of the Grateful Deads career, spanning the entire show. The drums section is sublime all by itself and exemplifies the extremely high calibre of this show. Warts and all, and there are a very few warts, this is one of the finest rock performances I've ever heard. That these twenty somethings were playing at this calibre is just god damn amazing. I would judge this as one of the finest performances of the Grateful Dead's career and the GD must have too as Death Don't…, Feedback and We Bid You Good Night all made it onto Live/Dead.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2015
Subject: sizzling
Dark Star, The Eleven and Caution!
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2013
Subject: Home at last......
Just got the full box set plus bonus disc today. $350 was the toll. Worth every penny. Pure gold--every night of the run.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2013
Subject: --
...and, the culmination. That back end of set 2 is a jaw-dropping monster jam; I don't think Jerry's fingers leave the frets for more than one second through most of this thing.

I do think the Other One suites from this run come off even better than Dark Star; I think this one and the rendering from the night before are really close contenders. The fall into Death Don't Have No Mercy is simply sublime.

Again, along with all the others from this run, try to find whatever board suits your fancy (the official boxed set *does* bridge that gap in the big jam). These shows really do occupy their own fortress of solitude.
Reviewer: Islam_sucks - favorite - September 22, 2010
Subject: FLAME POSTER!!!

Okay all the douche bag dead heads from the 80's to the present probably have no fuckin' clue this poster exists....

I probably shouldn't have told them about it....

never cast pearls before swine....

February 27, 28 and March 1 & 2 at the Fillmore WEST

great poster, if you have an original...


Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2010
Subject: Weakest of the run, but still quite good
If anything this show gets five stars for the great Death Don't, Feedback, and Bid You Goodnight that appear on Live/Dead, but perhaps the most awesome part of this show is The Other One, which is bested only by the absolutely astonishing version from the previous night. The Eleven is also quite good, as well as the Dark Star (although this and none of the other 'Stars of the run come close to 2/27), but the rest of this i find to be a bit weaker, compared to the performances of these songs in the other 3 shows. I agree with Kola67 that the Alligator jam, although solid, is nowhere near the greatness of 2/28, and goes on just a bit too long. The St. Stephen is pretty sloppy, as well as the Morning Dew which starts off kinda rough. And the Doin' That Rag is one of the worst that i have heard. Still, this show (and this whole Fillmore West run of shows) is among the best of '69.
Reviewer: redwinter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2009
Subject: Greatest Other One Ever
Of all the Other Ones the Dead ever did this is hands down the best. Other ones of honorable mention are 8/24/68, 10/12/68, 3/1/69, 5/2/70 and of course 4/26/72.
Reviewer: SpaceCowboyGangsta - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2009
Subject: You can still stream this show
on Wolfgang's Vault

Set 1:

Set 2:
Reviewer: bumba - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2009
Subject: bonus disk
anyone have the bonus disk from the fillmore box set? if so i can get you any soundboard from this site. really any can e-mail me at
Reviewer: DEADMAN.WALKING - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2006
Subject: Trading with DeadHead5877, Tons of Fun??
This guy is a real cool Deadhead??, Lowest of the low! I thought I made a trade with DeadHead5877. Instead He received my 3 Dead Shows (10 CDs) and for my trouble I received ignored emails. Boy I have just insulted Cool Deadheads, Doh!! Thanks Chris ! That was a lot of Fun!! What's shocking, I traded tapes for 15 years, up to the early 90's and no problems with 100's of cool head's. Yikes is that how it works nowadays? Gosh I hope not.
Reviewer: Honest Injun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2006
Subject: TIme for someone to step up...
And help those of us trying to wade through the four night box set with a list of the best or definitive versions to download to the old ipod.
Reviewer: redsox87 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2006
Subject: Help out a a guy on his b-day..............
Hey Compsurfah any way you can shoot me an email? It looks like we have the same b-day and I am looking for this board. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Reviewer: redsox87 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2006
Subject: Help out a a guy on his b-day..............
Hey Compsurfah any way you can shoot me an email? It looks like we have the same b-day and I am looking for this board. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Reviewer: Compsurfah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2006
Subject: A great present...
A great run, leading up to the day of my birth. I would have loved to have been there. I am lucky to have downloaded this before the stream was pulled. Rest-in-peace old man...
Reviewer: DeadHead5877 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2006
Subject: Fillmore West Box Set
Great show, if anyone needs the Fillmore West box set I've got it to trade.
Reviewer: Kola67 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2005
Subject: a beast of a show, not the best of the four
of course this is just my opinion.

I think this show easily starts out the strongest of the 4 night stand at the Fillmore but lacks the finishing punch of the prior two nights.

There's a dazzling Dark Star opener with interplay between Jerry and TC that is just magical. Early on TC jumps in with some of his best playing I've heard and Jerry doesn't let him solo. he seems so inspired he chooses instead to play counterpoint, and it works to absolute perfection.

The Eleven is great - period, end of sentence. The Lovelight is very high energy throughout without the typical lulls, Jerry does some great playing early and even Pigpen's rap is fresh. The Other One is also a gem with a never-ending jam to close out the Cryptical Envelopment portion, and DDHNM is never anything short of excellent...this one is no different. Perhaps they start so strong it's impossible to go up, because from here I feel all they do is tread water.

They try to channel the magical Alligator --> Caution jam played on 2/28, and turn in a longer by more wayward version. To me it is devoid of transcendent moments...I know a lot of you will disagree and I certainly don't mean to offend but to me it sounds like Jerry is jamming away waiting for inspiration to strike. Maybe with more listenings I will change my mind, but had they pulled out the Alligator jam of the prior night I would put this show in the ring with a few of my other all time favorites and expect it to hold its own.

It is still a monster that stands out in a peak period of the band's entire history. My favorites are Feb-April 69, Nov-Dec 73, and May-June 74.
Reviewer: oceantree - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2005
Subject: where is it?
of all shows, why are these on the fritz? gdlive's versions are similarly challenged... where, oh, where are these two shows???
Reviewer: josewavo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2005
Subject: Golden!
Actually, whatever alloy would come form gold and titanium would be the analogy here. Strength and beauty, color and poetry, this show is by far one of the most intriging and endearing shows of this period. As the other review by copperdomebodhi noted, this whole run is the best and this show is the best of the best. It truely is. There is not enough space here to express the adequate sentiments. I reserve the 5 start rating for only the most quintessently perfect shows. This is one of those even though there are some 'rude' cuts into some jams in one or two spots. Still, this was one of those nights and this show, as well as the whole Fillmore run, should be in everyone's library. Burn two to play and one to store away.
Reviewer: AugustNine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2004
Subject: Seriously Mindblowing
This show is a must have. The Dark Star is amazing and the St. Stephen is both delicate and energetic. Listen to with headphones to observe the perfectly balanced vocals (Bobby in left ear, Jerry right) and lets not forget the overall power of the performance itself. T.C. is spot on, and Jerry and Phil are on the same wavelength the entire show. Deserves no less than 5 stars.
Reviewer: cfo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2004
Subject: great show
awesome show, sound quality is really good, definattly download all 3 discs worth (its all good)
Reviewer: bigbird - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2004
Subject: typical
A fantastic show and the best "death don`t have no mercy" ever..hands down....a must have.
Reviewer: copperdomebodhi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2004
Subject: Best of the run
Every show in this 2/27-3/02 Fillmore run is well worth having. This is the best of the four, which makes it the best of the year.

Dark Star is complex and agile, like a gymnast running through quadratic equations on the parallel bars. The Cryptical reprise comes on like the crack of doom. The Alligator > Caution jam doesn't ever want to end. Download this, and you'll be glad you did.
Reviewer: thechaps57 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: Lossless Zip Worked Fine for Me
Good dead fellows, fear not! The lossless zip file worked just fine for me. The previous reviewer must have had some bad luck (and I hope he's since been able to work around his problem). This fantastic show does not need my humble stamp of approval. Leap in and download, unzip, convert, burn and smoke 'em if you got 'em.
Reviewer: DanK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2004
Subject: Take VBR's individually
The VBR zip file doesn't expand properly, so if you want that format get the individual files. The show is cream, maybe best Eleven ever.
Reviewer: bkm669 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2004
Subject: A+
Great Quality recording/sounds/vibes..Recommend downloading from 'lossless' 1.0G link on the left
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Source: Ampex MM-1000 16 Track Master Two Inch Wide Tape-Multi Track Mix-down By Dan Healy @ 44.1KHz); DAT x ONE by Dick Latvala- DAT x TWO; Editing (Adobe Audition CC)-FLAC encoding(dBpoweramp)-Tagging(Tag & Re-name)by Jim Wise; This is a 100% Flat transfer from the DAT no signal processing what-so-ever
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Source: Audience Recording: Sony ECM-280 mics > Sony TC-152 from front of balcony